September is a scramble getting kids outfitted for school and the change of season. They grow so quickly and with interests that evolve from week to week, it’s hard to keep up! It’s also easy to end up with boxes of too-small clothes and no-longer-loved toys under the bed taking up space. For these reasons and many more, we love buying and selling our previously loved belongings through apps like Karrot. Karrot is a community-based marketplace that allows you to buy and sell second-hand goods directly with your neighbours. The app has successfully expanded into the UK and North America, including several Canadian cities like Vancouver, Burnaby, and the Tri-Cities.
The app allows you to browse through your feed of second-hand items within your own community. You can also select additional neighbourhoods based on your location. It’s easy to upload a listing, adding photos and a short description before selecting your category. Browsing is straightforward, by location or item. Buying and selling second-hand close to home not only saves time but offers the opportunity to foster relationships within your neighbourhood.
As busy parents we love the option to scroll through items we need at our convenience instead of spending time in a mall or dragging kids through stores. Shopping second-hand is also a great way to save money, especially on items you know kids will only use a few times. We also love the ability to pass items on to other families for a great price, knowing we’ll each get what we need from them. The app allows you to set search alerts and message potential sellers or buyers to ask any questions or to arrange pickup and drop off.
Sustainability was a driving factor in the creation of Karrot which is incredibly important. The app encourages members to rehome their pre-loved items instead of throwing them away, adding to landfill waste. Also, the hyper-local approach means for less travel time, reducing unnecessary pollution from car travel. Save time, effort, and the environment!
You can shop back-to-school clothes, winter gear, toys, and games or even treat yourself to something. There are listings for adults too including furniture, fashion, and sports equipment.
Karrot is free to download and available on the Apple store and Google Play. The app also doesn’t charge you any fees or commissions to post your items! You can also check them out on social @karrot.canada on Instagram and Facebook.
This post is sponsored by Karrot
Karrot launched in 2015 with the aim to reconnect communities and offer an easy and sustainable way for people living in the same area to buy and sell locally. Over 15 million people around the world are using Karrot to create meaningful connections with their local communities.